Web banner image and thumbnail: Jennifer D. Anderson, Design Motif for Resolute Understandings of Fragile Things, 2014, Digital image, Courtesy of the Artist
Jennifer D. Anderson, associate professor of art at Hollins University, works in printmaking, paper cutting and drawing. Her intricately detailed works combine pattern and imagery to reflect on memory and our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. For the mural project, Resolute Understandings of Fragile Things Anderson will hand cut intricate stencils that will be printed on the retaining wall outside of Norah's Cafe. Using elements around the museum as inspiration, such as chain link and native Bittersweet, the mural presents the tenacious relationship between the natural and man-made environment as the mural itself functions as a "wall paper" with a pattern similar to those found in the formal dining rooms of Victorian homes. Anderson will also be collaborating with students from Hollins University and Ferrum College who will be adding their own elements to the mural and assisting with its installation.
Labor-intensive obsessions fill Jennifer D. Anderson’s studio practice. She meticulously cuts paper, wood and metal to create work that reflects on life’s vulnerable nature with a gentle assertion of memory. These pieces have been exhibited in venues across the United States and abroad as well as in publications as diverse as Tricycle and The Carolina Quarterly. Recent exhibitions of her work include the (e)merge art fair and solo exhibitions at Bradley University and Whittier College. Anderson is also an educator who has worked with institutions such as the J. Paul Getty Museum. Currently she is an associate professor of studio art at Hollins University. She is past president of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society and Vice President of External Affairs for SGCI. Her essay “Print University” was published in Proof: the Rise of Printmaking in Southern California.
Jennifer D. Anderson: Resolute Understandings of Fragile Things will be created as part of the programming for the Taubman Museum of Art’s annual Sidewalk Art Show with the final elements being added by Anderson with Hollins University and Ferrum College students during the day of the show on May 31st. This exhibition is organized by Amy G. Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions, Taubman Museum of Art. It marks the inauguration of the museum’s new mural wall program and will be on display May 31 - September 6, 2014 on the Patio Mural Wall located across from Norah’s Cafe and along Norfolk Avenue.